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My Jawbone Mini Jambox Review

Updated on June 3, 2014

How a small speaker saved the day.

What I'm holding here is the Jambox Mini, a portable bluetooth speaker that is small, but packs a punch. The recent Multiplay firmware update even lets you connect several and attain stereo playback, an awesome feature for when friends get together.

We recently went on a short vacation to Mallorca, and carried an absolute minimum of baggage so as to be fully mobile.

The Jambox Mini did good service as a music station and surprised me with how good the sound quality was - and how long it could go between charges!

Nothing is perfect though and size obviously limits what a portable speaker of like this one can do. So.. was it excellent, good or simply lame?

To answer that, here is my Mini Jambox review.

Photos by me.

A magic box that kept us happy - 10 hour playtime in such a small package!

See in shop
See in shop

You can't tell from the above image but the Jambox Mini speaker shown above really is small at just 1.5 x 6 inches and 9 ounces (255 grams). I carried it in a shorts pocket.

Being April, we were very early visitors to Mallorca and a lot of establishments were still closed in off-season hibernation. The few bars and clubs that were open were dead desolate and a utter bore, without enough tourists yet to raise the temp. So we lounged at the hotel quite a bit. It was ok, but the rooms lacked stereo or radio. All we had was the TV which either showed Spanish metal bands or dubbed reality shows or news, none of which we wanted.. So there we are, in marvelous Mallorca in April where the days are excellent but the off season nights are chilly with not too much happening.

We pop a couple of beers on the balcony, gobble peanuts and stare at the dark sea in silence.. until one of us says, "Umm.. did we bring the Jambox?"

How could we have forgotten? A quick dig into the backpack - lo and behold - the little savior! Long story short, the rest of the stay we enjoyed whatever music we wanted streaming from our phones and iPad. We used it in the hotel, by the beach, during a bike ride and on a mountain hike. My short Jawbone Jambox review looks like this:

Pros's

  • Small and lightweight. Fits in a pocket.
  • Pretty good volume and range.
  • Excellent battery time.

Con's

  • No display
  • Not weather proof.
  • Manual battery check.

All and all, very good. I consider it one of the best portable speakers and give it a 4.5 star rating.

The rugged case for Mini that floats

AudioActiv VAULT LS Waterproof Case for Jawbone MINI JAMBOX (Black)
AudioActiv VAULT LS Waterproof Case for Jawbone MINI JAMBOX (Black)

One of my negatives (too much to expect for the price perhaps) was that the Mini wasn't weatherproof. Here is a solution that is even better - a fully water-proof case that you can throw in the sea or pool to keep you company while you bathe.

 

A sunny vacation with minimum baggage. - The 9oz Mini was easy to bring along!

Port de Soller is great in April.
Port de Soller is great in April.

The Competition - Bose Soundlink, the bestseller.

This is arguably the best bluetooth speaker on sale at the time of writing but the quality comes with a few drawbacks: size and weight, and it costs a bit more than the others. but you get superb styling and build quality and really good audio.

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Let's put it this way: it has a five star average rating from over 2000 reviewers.

 

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